The establishment of a P.E.I. branch of the Engineering Institute of Canada (E.I.C.) in 1952 brought together a group of engineers which
was within a few years responsible for the formation of the Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island. At a meeting
of the E.I.C. branch in October, 1954, a decision was taken to proceed with the setting up of A.P.E.P.E.I. and the P.E.I. Engineering
Profession Act was passed and given royal assent on March 18.1955.
By-laws were then drafted and approved by the Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council in July, 1956, and the Association was ready to
commence active operations.
Initially and for many years afterwards the administrative work of the Association was carried out by the appointment of one of the
members as Secretary-Treasurer-Registrar. In 1983 the title was changed to Secretary-Treasurer-Registrar/General Manager.
The Association opened its first permanent office at 549 North River Road in Charlottetown in 1989 and in the following year the title of
General Manager was changed to Executive Director.
Over the lifetime of the Association both the volume and value of engineering work undertaken on the Island have increased substantially
and this is reflected in the increase in the number of engineers practising here. Members have increased from the 19 people who attended
the 1955 general meeting to 236 plus 32 Engineers-in-Training. In addition 160 engineers from other jurisdictions hold a Licence to
Practise in Prince Edward Island.
More background information about APEPEI is available through our publication "50 years of Engineering Excellence: A History of the
Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island 1955 - 2005", celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Association in
The affairs of the Association are administered in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act, 1990, and the By-Laws and Code of
Ethics by a Council consisting of the President, Vice-President, Past-President and a minimum of four Councillors. The President and
Vice-President are elected by a vote of the total membership of the Association and hold office for one year. Two Councillors are elected
annually by a vote of the total membership and hold office for a term of two years.
The administrative officers of the Association are the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar and the Executive
Director. For a number of years the offices of the Secretary, Treasurer and Registrar have been combined with the office of Executive
Director. An Administrative Assistant provides the day-to-day administrative services in the Association’s office.
Committees comprising volunteer members of the Association play an important role in the functioning of the Association and the
provision of services to members.
• To regulate the practice of engineering and to govern the profession in accordance with the Engineering Profession Act and its by-laws.
• To promote and improve the proficiency of Professional Engineers in all matters relating to the profession of engineering.
• To assure the general public of the proficiency and competency of Professional Engineers in the practice of engineering.
• To develop, establish and maintain standards of professional ethics for the profession.
• To promote public awareness of the role of the Association.
• To do all such other matters and things as may be necessary for or incidental or conductive to the welfare of Professional Engineers and
their usefulness to the public.
...in order that the public interest may be served and protected.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE ACT
Administration of the Engineering Profession Act, 1990, consists primarily of the following:
• The review of applications to ensure that those accepted as members, licensees or engineers-in-training by the Association of
Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island (the Association) possess the qualifications set out in the Act.
• The assessment of the examinations necessary to enable applicants who do not hold a degree accredited by the Canadian Engineering
Accreditation Board (CEAB) to bring their academic standard up to the required level based upon national syllabi. These syllabi are
established by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE).
• Enforcement of the provisions of the Act restricting the practice of engineering in Prince Edward Island to engineers registered or
licensed by the Association.
• Enforcement of the disciplinary provisions of the Act and By-Laws and Code of Ethics so as to ensure a high standard of
professionalism and ethical practice by all persons registered or licensed by or enrolled in the Association.